The ultimate act of taking risk in life lays in the proximity to death. When a risk being taken is prone to fail, failure can potentially become the failure to live. These risky moments involve decisions, dreams, imaginings that motivate one to take action. The motivation is strong enough to push one to a fragile border between death and life. In this exposition, I situate the discussion of risk in coal mines, investigating the work of coal miners as a craft through which they develop subversive modes of labour. The story in this exposition starts millions of years ago and gives a fictional geological history of Earth, where the formation of coal plays an important role in the planet’s evolution; coal becomes the political summary of Earth, where various moments of risk lead us down into a coal mine. Through a vertical structure poised on the edge of death and life, and by means of writing and drawing, risk is experimented with using concepts such as imprecision, the materiality of darkness, and the fragility of working with such materiality.


Sepideh Karami, Lecturer, KTH School of Architecture, Sweden. Karami is an architect, writer and researcher with a PhD from KTH School of Architecture, Critical Studies. Her thesis focused on the idea of Interruption and dissident architecture developed through writing practices and critical fiction understood as political practices of making architectural spaces. She graduated from Iran University of Science and Technology in 2002 with an M.A. in Architecture, and from Chalmers University in Sweden with an M.A. in "Design for Sustainable Development" in 2010. Since completing her first degree in architecture, she has been committed to teaching, research and practice in different international contexts. She has presented, performed and exhibited her work in international conferences and platforms, and is published in peer reviewed journals.